Founders Red's Rye IPA | Founders Brewing Company

5,230 Ratings
Founders Red's Rye IPAFounders Red's Rye IPA

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with four varieties of Belgian caramel malts and 100% Amarillo hops.
70 IBU

Formerly called "Founders Red's Rye PA"

Added by Todd on 02-22-2004

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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice, quaffable IPA with the added twist of some spicy rye and accentuated caramel goodness.

tall, foamy, tan-colored head - ultra-clean-filtered appearance - liquid, reddish-amber in hue

west-coast style hop profile in the nose - nice, but nothing unique - a bold, pungent, fairly-balanced pine/floral blend with some faint notes of orange peel - very appealing underlying caramel character and some mild alcohol

flowery/herbal hoppy with a mellow, yet lightly-biting bitterness up front - rye spiciness seems to take hold (w/ hops) midway, following through to the finish - the malt is there, rounded by that unmistakable caramel flavor - so nice

quite lighter-bodied (though not w/o a subtle roundness) and easy-drinking for an American IPA, which is certainly appreciated - dry, for sure, though a phantom saliva-sodden syrupy film stays on the taste buds between sips

up there with the most drinkable American rye beers I've had - it may take second to SA's Revolutionary Rye in my eyes, which is still strange to me - perhaps if they dialed back the hops a bit on this one and let malt come through more, it'd be the apple of my rye, harharhar.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: red/amber brown body that leaves a half finger of white head and lasts for only twenty seconds. The body is too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising and some light spotty lacing is left around the sides of the pint glass.

S: nice combination between the malts and the rye. I do notice some light hops as well. I had a tough time in the beginning, but after a good minute of warming up, the smell became apparent (I wonder if I had it too cold?).

T: rye and hops giving a nice bite and the malts were a bit more subdued. I do notice some really light citrus in the taste as well.

M: medium, slightly sessionable, is it the rye or the carbonation giving an over-abundance of harshness?

O: I like everything about this beer but would only suggest a bit of tweaking on the mouthfeel. I would still get this again.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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2/5  rDev -52.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear reddish amber color with a finger and a half of off white head and decent retention.

Smell: Some sweet malt up front with citrus peel hops and some rye spice.

Taste: Not as much malt presence as the smell would have suggested. I'm getting a bunch of rye and some citrus peel hops. The finish is bitter, but has enough malt to balance things out.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Always been a fan of this beer. I like the balance between rye and hops. I will definitely have another.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Founders Red's Rye IPA from Founders Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 5,230 ratings.
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